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Phenomenology or Deconstruction?

Phenomenology or Deconstruction?


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About the Book

Phenomenology or Deconstruction? challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between phenomenology and deconstruction through new readings of the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricur and Jean-Luc Nancy. A constant dialogue with Jacques Derrida's engagement with phenomenological themes provides the impetus to establishing a new understanding of 'being' and 'presence' that exposes significant blindspots inherent in traditional readings of both phenomenology and deconstruction. In reproducing neither a stock phenomenological reaction to deconstruction nor the routine deconstructive reading of phenomenology, Christopher Watkin provides a fresh assessment of the possibilities for the future of phenomenology, along with a new reading of the deconstructive legacy. Through detailed studies of the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Ricur and Nancy, he shows how a phenomenological tradition much wider and richer than Husserlian or Heideggerean thought alone can take account of
Derrida's critique of ontology and yet still hold a commitment to the ontological.
This new reading of being and presence fundamentally re-draws our understanding of the relation of deconstruction and phenomenology, and provides the first sustained discussion of the possibilities and problems for any future 'deconstructive phenomenology'.

About the Author:
Christopher Watkin is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the Monash University.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780748637591
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 25 mm
  • Weight: 589 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0748637591
  • Publisher Date: 01 Mar 2009
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 288
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: The Question of Ontology in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Width: 157 mm


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